Navy Midshipmen at Indiana Hoosiers Free Pick - 9/7/13
Navy Midshipmen (0-0) at Indiana Hoosiers (1-0)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -14 -- Over/Under: 66 See the Latest Odds
TV: BTN HD
The Navy Midshipmen take their option offense on the road to face the Indiana Hoosiers.
Navy plays their first game of 2013 after going 8-5 and ending the season with a 62-28 loss to Arizona State in the Fight Hunger Bowl. If you know one thing about Navy, it's this team will run their option down 28 or up 28 with a few passes mixed in as if almost trying to surprise opposing defenses. The Middies will also run some plays from the shotgun, but that will be about as exotic as this offense will get. However, with Keenan Reynolds under center, the passing attack has to be looked at after he threw for nearly 900 yards with a 9/2 touchdown to interception ratio last season. He added 649 yards on the ground, with Noah Copeland adding over 700 yards, but whoever is in the backfield seems to produce because of the nature of the system. Navy will be a top rushing team with some passing ability and will simply need their defense to avoid the big play.
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I don't know what to say about Indiana's 73-35 score fest victory over sub-division Indiana State, except the defenses had their hands full with the Sycamores obviously having more troubles in that area. IU racked up 632 yards, almost split down the middle between the run and pass. Nate Sufield dominated the Indiana State secondary with 219 yards and four touchdowns before taking a seat with backup Tre Roberson throwing for another 79 yards and two more scores. The rushing attack was just as dominant, with eight players totaling 313 yards and averaging 5.8 yards per carry with Tevin Coleman leading the way with 169 yards and two trips to the end zone. The Hoosiers also scored on a punt return and had an interception and fumble returned against them for six, so the defense didn't really get hammered.
My thoughts here are the Navy option will move the ball and find the end zone several times, while Indiana will have their share of visits to the Middies end zone as well. I'm looking at enough scoring where the over falls...